Finals joy for Challengers and Hotton

SBu Netball winners. Captain of the winning Harrogate Challengers netball team Lisa Dinning holds the Julie Mason  Cup. Seen here with her team and Keith Swales MD and Karen Blackwood (finance director ) of SBu.

SBu Netball winners. Captain of the winning Harrogate Challengers netball team Lisa Dinning holds the Julie Mason Cup. Seen here with her team and Keith Swales MD and Karen Blackwood (finance director ) of SBu.

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THE highlight of the Harrogate and district netball season took place on Sunday, in the shape of the Julie Mason Cup and Plate finals.

The tournament was renamed last year in memory of Julie, a Unicorns club member who died two years ago.

S&B Utilities sponsored the event for the third year running and managing director Keith Swales and finance director Karen Blackwood presented the trophies.

The cup final was between defending champions Challengers and Angels. In a fast-paced game, Challengers emerged with a convincing win.

They got off to a good start through the dynamic shooting duo of Alison Liddle and Emma Sherwood, taking the lead despite the defence of Angels’ Anne Moore.

Challengers showed great centre court play and some fantastic interceptions from goal defence Kym Fletcher made it difficult for Angels.

Good shooting by Elsa Kilby wasn’t enough and Challengers retained their title winning 36-17.

The plate final also proved intense, as Division Two underdogs Hotton claimed the first quarter 8-2 against Division One side Skylarks.

Great defending by Hotton’s Claire Parsons meant they kept the lead, although Skylarks hit back and Gemma Sharpe and Kate Broadbank’s shooting meant the sides entered the fourth quarter level on 25-25.

This led to extra time of five mintues each way. Skylarks were head at the break 27-26 but Hotton clawed back the goals to win 32-30.

ackrill.sport@ypn.co.uk